Tom Wolfe lending wit to alumni gala

SYLVIA BADGER

September 18, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

A large, enthusiastic gathering of Washington and Lee University alumni, parents and friends is expected at the kick-off party for the school's Baltimore Area Campaign Thursday at the Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore alums A. C. Hubbard Jr. and Joe Keelty are co-chairing the home team's part in a $129 million fund-raising campaign, with help from Tom Broadus Jr., J. Hardin Marion, Dick O'Connell and Bill Clements II.

Washington and Lee president John Wilson will join party goers for a tour of the popular Walters exhibit, "The Gates of Mystery, the Art of Holy Russia," before joining emcee Tom Wolfe for the evening's program. Wolfe, a 1951 graduate and a trustee of the school, is best known for "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff." A buffet will follow in the Renaissance Sculpture Court.

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"I Never Believed in Ghosts Until . . ." will be hot off the presses in plenty of time to get you in the mood for Halloween. The book evolved after editors of USA Weekend invited readers to submit their supernatural stories for a Halloween edition.

They were swamped with short stories about things that go bump in the night. Out of the 500 or so sent in, Contemporary Books has published an anthology of the 100 best.

I've just learned that one of the stories, "Tombstone Dreams," included in the spooky smorgasbord, was written by Dee Myers, the public relations maven for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Towson.

The book will sell at most book stores for $9.95.

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A series of round-table breakfasts, highlighting Minority Business Entrepreneurs (MBE), has been taking place at the Forum on Primrose Avenue this month. Another is Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The panel will consist of Calvin Garlic, 1st National Bank; Jim Davenport, American Technology; Raymond Haysbert, Parks Sausage and Daniel Henson, the Henson Co., who will talk about key issues confronting MBE and how to solve them. Call Bill Hopkinson at V-103 FM radio, (410) 653-2200, to reserve your breakfast tickets, which are $15.

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Wedding bells rang last Saturday for Sally Jane Ransom, who married her former Good Samaritan Hospital colleague, Frank Knecht.

She was the widow of Methodist minister Lewis Ransom, whose murder several years ago moved Sally Jane to form a crime victim support group in Towson and become an active spokeswoman for victim's rights.

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The National Museum of Ceramic Art had a gala opening night party for its Contemporary Norwegian Ceramics exhibit. Besides the beautiful ceramics, the center of attention was guest of honor H. E. Kjeld Vibe, the Norwegian ambassador, who was greeted by Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Bjarne Flolo, cultural attache of Royal Norwegian Embassy, and Hans J. Hjelde, consul of Norway.

Other guests were Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen, Jan Wang, Roger Lyng, Jody Albright, Robert and Cindy Brown, Edie and Stanley Brown, Ed Kirby, Dean Kenderdine, Henry Miller and Drs. Bruce and Ellie Taylor.

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Thanks to Nancy Longo, Pierpont chef/owner, hundreds of Baltimoreans got to taste some of the best foods from around the nation. She's the one who brought in world-famous chefs to raise $60,000 for the Chesapeake Bay Trust Foundation.

Seen sipping and tasting their way through the evening were Andrew Curtis, club house manager at Caves Valley Golf Club and former maitre d' at the Center Club; Dr. Torrey Brown, state secretary of the Department of Natural Resources; Stuart Brooks, vice president of Bob Bell Chevrolet-Nissan; Ron Kaufman, president of ISPA company and Tucky and Norman Ramsey.

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